In layman terms, hypnotherapy means putting a person into a trance but for a good reason. Many people may consider hypnotism as an occult science or black magic. But, with time, hypnotherapy has emerged as a good therapy for healing not only mental disorders but also physical ailments.
The word hypnosis is an abbreviation of the term ‘neuro-hypnotism’, which means ‘sleep of nervous system’. When a therapist uses hypnotherapy to treat a particular problem, the client is put to sleep in a way that his subconscious mind is fully awake. These sessions are mainly composed of long series of instructions and suggestions. This is the way through which the therapist can find the root cause of the problem and then treat it.
When used for medical purposes, hypnotism is known as hypnotherapy. It is also used for entertainment for large audiences, and is called ‘stage-hypnosis’.
How can hypnosis or hypnotherapy help?
Hypnosis or hypnotherapy is not only used to cure mental problems, but also physical ailments. There are several conditions that can be cured through hypnotherapy.
- In anger management
- To help quit smoking and other addictions
- It is often used in women to reduce pain and anxiety during delivery
- To overcome fears or phobias
- To treat traumas
- For counselling or treating depression
- To treat obsessive compulsive disorder
- To treat sexual problems in males and females
- For encouragement or boosting up self-confidence
- To treat insomnia
- For weight reduction
Above mentioned are few common causes wherein hypnotherapy can aid the patient.
A hypnotherapist knows a variety of techniques. However, it is important for them to practice the right kind of therapy for a particular problem during a hypnosis session. Following are the basic techniques used in hypnotherapy.
- Age regression or progression: Age regression is like a time machine, which takes you back in time. It takes you to the age (childhood or teenage) when the problem occurred and started troubling you. Your conscious mind may be unaware of it, but your subconscious mind may know what is exactly troubling you. While age progression shows you the future to make you realise the consequences of ignoring the problem, and/or your happy state of mind when the problem no longer exists. Similarly, there is a concept of Past-Life Regression, wherein, the root-cause of your current problems may lie in your past birth, and this can be analysed through this technique.
- Visualisation and guided imagery: If your therapist is using this technique, he will use or take support of certain words, descriptions or narration of a particular incident. This helps the patient to recall the reason of his/her current problem, and helps to overcome it.
- Parts therapy: In this technique, your therapist communicates with a part or the whole of your subconscious mind. The communication helps in resolving the problem, as it acts as a mediator between two different parts of your subconscious mind.
- Neuro-linguistic programming: Our thoughts and what we express or say through words – together build our perceptions. Hence, if the neuro-linguistic programme is being used during your hypnosis sessions, your therapist is trying to read your facial expressions, your gestures and your thoughts. These will give him/her a fair idea about your perceptions, and probably help to locate the problem within your subconscious thoughts. However, the therapist should be highly skilled to know and practice this technique. Later on, he may help you overcome your problems or inner conflicts by giving you suggestions about how to modify your thoughts and perceptions and develop an optimistic outlook towards life.
Music and hypnotherapy:
Many a times you may have heard people saying that music heals. The healing powers of music are actually used in hypnotherapy. Be it self-hypnosis or hypnotherapy sessions conducted by a therapist, music not only helps to create an ambience, but also helps the client in many ways for e.g.:
- Music helps the patient to relax.
- It diverts his attention from various noises and thoughts, and helps to concentrate.
- It provides a feeling of privacy.
- It helps the client to go into the trance mode.
Hypnotherapy has been proved quite helpful for people in countries like US and UK. But remember that it is very important to consult an expert or a skilled therapist for hypnotherapy.